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Are You Competing in the Commodity Trap?

October 4, 2016

“Cartoon Businessman Trying To Break Prison” by iosphereBarney is a 30-year-old producer.  He is intelligent and highly motivated. He is technically proficient having obtained his CIC and ARM designations. That being said, Barney is caught in the “commodity trap.” Can you relate to Barney?

Like many insurance and risk management professionals, Barney is extremely frustrated with the insurance business and is considering leaving the industry.  He is tired with competing in the “commodity trap” – the 90-day insurance bidding process. Read more…

The 5 Abilities of Effective Leaders

September 27, 2016

beyond insuranceWhether you are a Leader or a Manager, you must embrace and appreciate the 5 abilities of effective leaders.

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10 Ways to Achieve the Work/Life Balance You Desire

September 20, 2016

Once you’ve evaluated your work/life balance it is time to start implementing ways to achieve the work/life balance you desire.

You must make room in your life to take care of your physical and mental well-being.  It is essential that you attempt to balance all priorities of your life.

10 Ways to Achieve the Work/Life Balance You Desire:

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How to Evaluate Your Work/Life Balance

September 16, 2016

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Many insurance and risk management professionals are not sure exactly how to evaluate their work/life balance.

Start by asking yourself  if the demands of your work are infringing upon the quantity and quality of time you have with family, friends, hobbies, and community.

Then take the following work/life balance quiz that will tell you the degree to which you should be concerned about work/life balance:  Read more…

The SMART Plan for Effective Goal Setting

August 16, 2016

beyond insuranceWhile we are sure you have heard of SMART goal setting,  sometimes the challenge becomes how we actually execute on a SMART goal.  Below we outline not a SMART Goal but a SMART Plan for effective goal setting:

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How Do You Create Value as an Insurance Professional?

August 12, 2016

Value In Word Cloud Shows Worth Importance Or Significance Stock Photo“How Do You Create Value as an Insurance Professional?”

This apparently simple question may well be the most important one you will ever be asked. 

Without a compelling value proposition you are ordinary and disposable — a commodity.  With a distinguished value proposition you are unique and indispensable.

What is a value proposition? Read more…

6 Ways Goals Improve Your Insurance Business and Your Life

July 26, 2016

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You’re about to discover the 6 ways goals improve your insurance business and your life!

I was first introduced to the art of goal setting in the early 1980s while maturing as an account manager at Johnson & Higgins in Philadelphia.  Without goals, I would have had no sense of direction.  What direction are you going? Read more…